There are numerous difficult decisions to make during the restoration of an old house. The balance between retaining the character and patina of age, while bringing services and the flow of space up to date, can be a daunting task, and the owners of this Mallorcan house called in a respected designer to pull the project together.
The house was a ruin but, by taking great care to use local materials and finishes, they have created a home of great care to use local materials and finishes, they have created a home of great charm that is suitable for both a modern lifestyle and the sunny island setting.
Floor finishes vary widely from terracota to pebble and tile. The interiors are relaxed, light and airy, using shades of white, cream and soft blue and green; beams are bleached of left in their natural wood tones. The furniture, the most of which antique European, is either painted or waxed wood and the choice of fabrics is summery and pale.
Taking the view that they wanted neither a town or country look the owners have mixed up the contents in a relaxed manner, enlivening the pale scheme with touches of vivid red-blue-black.